Survivor Stories
Survivor Stories

By Rhoda Klein Miller When life becomes hard and we face multiple challenges we may feel doubtful about our survival or recovery. Prayer can provide the patience and insight to see how God is using setbacks to set us up for something new...

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The Lady with the Lamp
The Lady with the Lamp

By Rhoda Klein Miller It’s National Nurses Week in Canada, which aligns with the anniversary of  Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  This “Lady with the Lamp” dramatically lowered the death rate of soldiers during the Crimean War, and...

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The image of God
The image of God

By Rhoda Klein Miller Ever find yourself searching for the end of a drawstring lost in its deep tunnel of fabric? As I instinctively worked the knot of cord toward the light of day so I could cinch up my hoodie, I remembered this is one of the...

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The House of God
The House of God

By Rhoda Klein Miller What’s the one thing you would ask God for today? Last Sabbath we looked at the one thing David would ask – to dwell in the house of the Lord every day.  Our Western minds picture a house as a solid structure but the...

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The beauty of life
The beauty of life

By Rhoda Klein Miller “In Japan the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. When the cherry blossom trees bloom for a...

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Full Eclipse Day
Full Eclipse Day

By Rhoda Klein Miller I began attending OAC just before the news broke its beloved pastor Manuel Silva was battling cancer. He loved puns and began to publically share his journey in a blog under the charming name “SilvaLining.”  His...

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Supporting Health Workers
Supporting Health Workers

By Robert Bestwick In just a couple of hours, over 300 hot drinks were served to Vancouver General Hospital’s workers paid on their behalf by our church with the only goal of recognizing, supporting, and thanking the frontline health workers for...

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No hands but ours
No hands but ours

By Rhoda Klein Miller  There’s a church in Germany with a statue of Jesus by the altar. The building had been bombed in the war and the outstretched hands of Christ were broken off in the shaking. As the church was repaired and...

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What Jesus would do
What Jesus would do

By Ryan Brousson What are we to do in times of crisis? In times of need? Are we to look out for ourselves, clearing store shelves of food and necessities? Hoarding everything we can so we can stay secure, like we see people doing during this...

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Unfamiliar Strangers
Unfamiliar Strangers

By Rhoda Klein Miller Its 1am and all fire alarm bells within three floors of hallways are ringing.  I pull myself out of bed while my husband insists he’ll remain under the covers “to keep the dog calm”.  Slipping into a coat...

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Posture of Welcome
Posture of Welcome

By Colin Griffiths The practice of shaking hands extends back at least to the 5th century BC in Greece. It indicated the greeting was made with peaceful intentions, showing the extended open palm carried no weapon, and the shake revealed none...

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God’s Ways
God’s Ways

By Colin Griffiths One of the reasons we have been talking about fighting for the last few weeks is that we all have power and sometimes we use it in unhealthy ways. We have this love hate relationship with power – We hate it when people...

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